The Fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma ... Birds ...

OATES Eugene; BLANDFORD W.T. &; INGLIS Charles McFarlane (1898.)

£9500.00  [First Edition]

First edition. 4 vols. Extra-illustrated with over 470 watercolours by Inglis, 15 feather samples and plenty of manuscript annotations. 8vo. Contemporary half calf & cloth boards, spines with raised bands, gilt, patterned endpapers, bound by S. Rahman & Co. of Tezpur, Assam. London, Calcutta, Bombay & Berlin, Taylor & Francis, 1889 -

The Scottish ornithologist Charles M. Inglis, arrived in India at eighteen and travelled to "Assam to a tea plantation and was befriended there by the naturalist E.C. Stuart Baker. He moved to Bihar to grow indigo and while there built up a large collection of avery birds" (Jackson). His interest in ornithology evolved into a career as curator of the Darjeeling Museum from 1926-48. He also founded the journal of the Bengal Natural History Society and illustrated a series on Indian birds that appeared in the Agricultural Journal of India. It was published separately in 1924 as Birds of an Indian Garden.


This set is a wonderful example of an ornithologist at work. The 470 watercolours are painted with an expert hand, the additional notes contain information on at least 160 specimens, and, of great interest, the notes on bird calls, which are transcribed in musical notation on staves. Furthermore, Inglis has included feather samples of fifteen different varieties.


Oates and Blandford's work is part of an eight volume series on Indian natural history. "The first two volumes on birds were written by Oates; the last two by Blandford who was also the author of the volume on mammals and the editor of the entire series. The present volumes contain a thorough monograph of the birds of India, Ceylon and Burma, with descriptions of the various plumages, measurements, notes on distribution and habits, and detailed synonymies" (Zimmer).

Wood, p.497; Zimmer, pp471-2.



Stock Code: 224184

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